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Factbox: U.S. bird flu outbreak in poultry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:27
(Reuters) - Minnesota has joined Wisconsin in declaring a state of emergency over an outbreak of bird flu in poultry that has led to the deaths of more than 7 million birds this year. Minnesota is also speeding up prescriptions of antiviral drug Tamiflu for farm workers and others who have been in direct contact with infected flocks. No infections have been reported in humans. ...

Rescuers free worker trapped at Northeast Philadelphia construction site

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:26

Rescuers free worker trapped at Northeast Philadelphia construction siteA worker has been freed following a construction accident in Northeast Philadelphia.

Reports say Comcast plans to drop $45B Time Warner Cable bid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:22

Reports say Comcast plans to drop $45B Time Warner Cable bidComcast is abandoning its $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, according to media reports.

Judge in Colorado theater shooting case won't move trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:18
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case has denied defense attorneys' longstanding request to move the trial to another county.

Ex-NY Assembly speaker faces new charges, including over investment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:18

Former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver arrives for his arraignment hearing, at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors unveiled new charges against former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Thursday, accusing him of taking official actions on behalf of an investor who provided access to a high-return, low-risk investment vehicle. A revised indictment issued by a Manhattan federal grand jury added four new counts to three earlier ones facing the Democratic politician, who was first hit with public corruption charges in January. Beyond charges of honest services mail and wire fraud and extortion, the indictment says Silver engaged in monetary transactions involving crime proceeds by investing money from the scheme in a private investment vehicle. His lawyers, Joel Cohen and Steven Molo, said in a joint statement that the filing was "an attempt by the government to address defects in the indictment that we raised in our motion to dismiss." Silver, 71, was previously accused of using his position at a law firm to conceal more than $3 million earned referring asbestos sufferers to the firm from a doctor whose research received secret benefits, including $500,000 in state grants.

Microsoft results show company's shift, but is it enough?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:13

This Jan. 21, 2015 photo shows Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaking at an event demonstrating new features of its flagship operating system Windows at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft will report earnings Thursday April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is changing its business. The question is whether it's changing fast enough.

Dog rescued in Kansas after 13 days under concrete slab

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:11

Lucy, a 4-year-old miniature dachshund, at her Derby, Ks home Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Lucy was rescued from underneath a concrete slab in her backyard, where she had been trapped for 13 days. (Matt Riedl/The Wichita Eagle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT LOCAL STATIONS OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUTDERBY, Kan. (AP) — A miniature dachshund has been rescued after spending 13 days trapped underneath a concrete slab at her home in Kansas.

Coyote urban: String of sightings in Manhattan this year

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:07

In this photo taken the morning of April 22, 2015, and released by the 24th Precinct of the New York City Police Dept., on Thursday April 23, 2015, a coyote walks in New York City's Riverside Park, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. While the animals have been spotted periodically in New York since the 1990s and have taken up residence in some Bronx parks, a string of sightings and captures in Manhattan and other unexpected locales in recent months has drawn new attention to them. And experts expect to see more of the adaptable animals in the nation’s biggest city. (New York City Police Dept. via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — One moseyed around Manhattan's East Village. Another was caught in trendy Chelsea. Yet another rambled through a Hudson River park this week.

Ex-general, CIA chief Petraeus gets probation, $100,000 fine in leak case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:02

Former CIA director David Petraeus arrives at the Federal Courthouse in CharlotteBy Colleen Jenkins CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Reuters) - Former U.S. military commander and CIA director David Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a$100,000 fine but was spared prison time on Thursday after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information. He agreed under a plea deal to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler raised the fine from the $40,000 that had been recommended to the maximum possible financial penalty for that charge, noting it needed to be higher to be punitive and reflect the gravity of the offense. He resigned from the CIA in 2012 after it was revealed that he was having an affair with the biographer, Army Reserve officer Paula Broadwell.

Colorado driver shot in neck; similar incidents investigated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:56
WINDSOR, Colo. (AP) — A 20-year-old woman was shot in the neck while driving on a major highway in Colorado and investigators were trying to determine if the attack was related to three similar incidents in the area, authorities said Thursday.

Judge in Colorado movie massacre case denies request to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:54
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The judge overseeing Colorado's movie theater massacre case denied a request by lawyers for James Holmes to move his upcoming trial out of the county where he fatally shot 12 people, court papers showed on Thursday.

Utah sex offender stole school bus, tried to lure kids -police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:52
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A convicted sex offender in Utah stole an empty school bus and tried to pick up children in a small town before residents called police and he was arrested, authorities said on Thursday. Patrick James Fredericksen, 30, found a list of names and directions aboard the vehicle when he stole it in Cleveland on Monday, said Janalee Luke of the Emery County Sheriff's Office. Fredericksen then asked a woman for directions to another child's house, but she also thought he looked suspicious and called authorities, police said. In jail, he broke a water pipe in his cell, flooding it and the booking area, police said.

Indiana trio charged with stealing $2M lottery ticket

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:51
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A scam to claim a $2 million Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket has landed a central Indiana man, his wife and his brother behind bars on charges of theft, fraud and forgery, authorities said Thursday.

Bill to ban fining Californians who let lawns go brown in drought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:50
"It is completely irresponsible for a municipality to penalize its residents for conserving water," said Democratic Assembly member Cheryl R. Brown of San Bernardino, the bill's author. The legislature took up Brown's bill, which was initially introduced last year, after Governor Jerry Brown ordered California's first-ever statewide mandatory cutbacks in water use earlier this month. Cheryl Brown said that residents of the Southern California communities of Glendale, Upland and San Bernardino had said they received anti-blight citations. California is entering its fourth year of a catastrophic drought that has forced farmers to fallow land and cost the state's economy an estimated $2.2 billion last year.

Man shot in the face in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:47

Man shot in the face in South PhiladelphiaAuthorities say a man was shot in the face in South Philadelphia.

Applause, skepticism greet NYC mayor's anti-poverty plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:45
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City aims to lift 800,000 people out of poverty's clutches within a decade — nearly as many people who live in San Francisco — by launching a program that has drawn both applause for its ambition and skepticism about its feasibility.

Ballistic armor installed in Lawrence Township council chambers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:37

Ballistic armor installed in Lawrence Township council chambersWhen Mayor Cathleen Lewis and council members in Lawrence Township meet, they are now protected by ballistic armor strategically placed in their chambers.

Amazon's Web Services boosts 1Q revenue

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:36

This Sept. 6, 2012 photo shows an Amazon logo at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite personal devices, in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon will report earnings Thursday April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's profitable cloud-computing services business is growing by leaps and bounds.

Burglar confronted by homeowner in Radnor Township

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:32

Burglar confronted by homeowner in Radnor TownshipDetectives in Radnor Township are looking for the brazen burglar who was confronted by the homeowner he was targeting.

No verdict after days of deliberations in 1979 N.Y. child murder case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:24

Stanley Patz, father of Etan Patz, arrives at the state Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors considering a murder charge against the man who confessed to killing Etan Patz in 1979 ended a seventh day of deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict in one of the most vexing disappearances in New York history. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is charged in state Supreme Court in Manhattan with kidnapping and murdering the 6-year-old boy, who disappeared on May 25, 1979, as he was walking alone for the first time to his school bus stop. Hernandez, who worked in a deli near Patz's Manhattan home, confessed to police in 2012 that he lured the boy into the store's basement with the offer of a soda, strangled him and left his still moving body in a box in an alley. His lawyers have said the real culprit is Jose Ramos, long a prime suspect in the disappearance.